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Comment by definition, default is what happens when unspe (Score 0) 65 65

If you DON'T send any header specifying your preference regarding convenience versus privacy, you get the default behavior. That's the DEFINITION of default, what happens when it's unspecified. Think about that for second and you'll realize that's true (assuming you're not stupid, of course).

Since sending no extra header at all gets you the default behavior (by definition) , any extra header is useful only if it indicates something other than the default.

Therefore, for a browser to send extra headers specifying by default is useless, no matter what the context, by the very definition of the word "default".

You claimed a user has to be technically advanced in order to choose. The browser could have just as easily given the user a dialog with these two checkboxes:

Do you prefer web sites to provide you more convenience, or more privacy?
O More convenience and features
O More privacy

Had they done that, the header would have had meaning - it would have indicated something about the user's preference.

On the other hand, since the browser sent DNT by default, that means only that the user might prefer the default balance between convenience and privacy- exactly the same thing as not sending any header at all.

Comment Heisenbug, never crashed with debugger open (Score 1) 203 203

One I'll always remember was some Actionscript or Javascript which would never happen with the debugging console open, but would always halt the program if the debugging console was closed.

It turned out to be a call to console.log, which is a fatal error in IE if the debug console isn't visible at the moment.

Comment advertisers followed DNT, browsers broke the proto (Score 1) 65 65

Major advertisers starting following the DNT standard.
Then browser vendors broke the protocol, in such a way that it became useless.

The protocol was a way to say "this user chosen has opted out of any customizations, saved favorites, or other features that rely on cookies or similar technologies. This user wants more than the default level of privacy, and is willing to give up features which depend on cookie or other tracking."

    When browsers started lying and sending a DNT headers for people who had NOT made that choice, the protocol became useless.

Comment some, at least, are already in widespread use (Score 2) 191 191

At least some of these symbols ARE in common use already, often printed so small that you don't notice them if you're not looking for them. For example, I never knew that the gluten-free symbol existed until my wife was diagnosed with celiac disease (gluten intolerance) . Now that I know what to look for, I see the symbol quite often; sometimes on packaged foods and sometimes on menus.

Checking a few of the products in my pantry right now, I see that it's about evenly split between the symbol and the words "gluten free". Fritos for example, use the words. Chex cereal has the words and a _different_ symbol. Standardization would make shopping easier, faster and safer.

That said, standardizing WHERE on the package this information is found would be the most useful. It's most often listed immediately after the standard ingredient listing, but there is a lot of variation so we have to carefully examine all around the whole package looking for one of the two pictorial symbols, or the words "gluten free", or the circled GF symbol, or the words "gluten free". The most common is the most useful - an icon of a wheat stalk with the crossed out circle (similar to the "no smoking" symbol).

Comment It's called ethernet ipKVM. Or hdbase-t (Score 1) 157 157

An ip kvm will do exactly what you want. They are used in data centers to control machines throughout the building. You can get a used Raritan on ebay for about $200-$250.

As others have pointed out, hdmi video is multiple gigabits, so you're not going to have Bluray quality video, or gaming FPS, without a dedicated tables. If you want that kind of video, the standard is called hdbase-t. You can run it over cat5e or cat6.

You do NOT need to drill new holes and go through the same trouble you did when you installed the first cable. Simply tie a string to the existing cable, then pull it out, leaving the string in it's place. Tie on another cable and another string and pull it back the other way. Now you have two cables where you used to have one, AND you have a string ready to go for adding another cable. Next time, pull a string along with any cable you pull. If the holes are too small for two cables, just enlarge the existing holes a bit. Don't try to force too many cables into too small of a hole. Just take three minutes to drill it out a bit larger.

Ps - for any new holes s, don't drill through brick, drill through the mortar.

Comment easy b/c avg time from order to delivery 4.5 years (Score 3, Interesting) 221 221

Those issues will be resolved by a side effect of this being a government order. According to the GAO, on average it takes 4 1/2 years from the time the government orders a computer until it's installed. Right now, multiple government agencies have been told to start thinking about a plan. In two years (2017), each agency will have their plan and they'll start working to to resolve the differences between agencies. In another year (2018), they'll put out some RFPs. Those will go through the federal procurement process and the order will be placed about two years later (2020). That's when the 4 1/2 year average clock starts, so expect installation around first quarter 2025.

The goal is that it should be 30 times faster than TODAY'S computers.
And be operational in ten years. They can pretty much just order a Nexus 47, or an HP Proliant gen 12.

Comment Slashdot might be worth $100,000 (Score 1) 550 550

I figure Slashdot can't be worth more than about $100,000 USD. Valuing SourceForge is a bit more complicated. A lot of traffic, but major damage to the brand lately.

Something like. Kickstarter, or a purchase by a successful community member or three, isn't out of the question.


KDE Community Announces Fully Open Source Plasma Mobile 44 44

sfcrazy writes: Today, during the Akademy event, the KDE Community announced Plasma Mobile project. It's a Free (as in Freedom and beer), user-friendly, privacy-enabling and customizable platform for mobile devices. Plasma Mobile claims to be developed in an open process, and considering the community behind it, I don't doubt it. A great line: "Plasma Mobile is designed as an ‘inclusive’ platform and will support all kinds of apps. In addition to native apps written in Qt, it also supports GTK apps, Android apps, Ubuntu apps, and many others." And if you have a Nexus 5, you can download and play with a prototype now.

Comment Banks vs Manchester. Law, no. Indexes by publisher (Score 5, Informative) 292 292

The Court ruled in Banks v Manchester that case law cannot be copyrighted. The ruling was that writings by a government official, acting in their official capacity, are owned by the public and cannot have copyright protection. That case also brought up a question relevant to this case. Under federal law citizens and residents may hold copyright. Georgia is probably neither, and therefore arguably cannot hold copyright.

In the Banks case, the state had contracted with someone else to produce indexes, etc. The deal was that if the company wrote these extra pieces, they would have copyright protectionfor a couple of years - they didn't get paid to write them, but were allowed exclusive right to sell their version with indexes, etc. The indexes and such were the original work of that citizen. That original work, but not the law itself, could be copyright the author.The finding in this Georgia case may hinge on who wrote the annotations. If government officials wrote them, it's public domain. If a private company wrote the annotations in order to sell them, they may be allowed to do so. HOWEVER, the fact that the STATE is suing indicates the state claims copyright for themselves, and the state will probably lose.

Also, the Court will probably want the law to be accessible, so they'll likely find some logic to rule against the state. Consider the Obamacare care case. The court ruled that the IRS "penalty" for not having insurance is a tax, and therefore within the powers granted to the feds, while also ruling is NOT a tax, and therefore didn't have to originate in the house of representatives. So in the very same ruling they said "it's a tax ... it's not a tax". Translation: we don't want to go head to head with the Obama administration on this one. They sometimes FIND a way to rule whichever way they want to rule, whether of makes any sense or not.

Comment No network / firewall / boot problems in ten years (Score 1) 157 157

In ten years you've not had any servers with any kind of network problem, firewall issues, or "won't boot" kind of issues? Clearly any of those would prevent you from using SSH, so would have to be fixed from the console (possibly with a KVM extending the console physically).

I suppose if you only manage one server and never touch it, it might never have any network problems or boot failures.

Comment 200 times less field than your refrigerator (Score 2) 63 63

Your refrigerator, washing machine, and other household appliances run on inductive motors which use a thousand watts or so to generate electromagnetic fields strong enough to pull the magnets in the motor strongly enough to move 80 pounds of water and clothes. So those are electromagnetic fields in the kilowatt range.

Charging your phone requires around five watts or so. So the power levels, the amount of electromagnetic energy, is quite small - much smaller than the difference between a large washing machine and a small one.

If you live in an apartment, your neighbors also hqve a refrigerator on the other side of the drywall, an air conditioner with a couple of large motors, etc. Not to mention wireless routers and devices, cordless phones, microwave ovens, etc. Oh, qnd you carry an electromagnetic transmitter in your pocket, one inch from your junk.

There are certain higher frequency ranges which have some risk, but these devices probably won't use those frequencies. Lower frequencies are generally better for short distance because you get the "near field", the more efficient inductive transfer rather than the less efficient radiative field.

Comment layers. VPN to ssh w good pass to critical servers (Score 1) 157 157

Note to exploit this would require that you used a dumb password on that critical server, connected it's management ports directly to the internet, and failed to use any monitoring software like fail2ban.

In such a scenario, so sshd is going to save you. Any will have some imperfection. On our critical servers, sshd runs on a non-standard port, so script kiddies never find it, we use good passphrases they wouldn't guess anyway, we installed fail2ban so they'd get blocked when they started trying, and recently we starting putting ssh behind an openwrt vpn. So there are four reasons we're not worried. Try using at least two of these four protections:

Good passphrases (not "qwerty" or "admin")
Non-standard port
If you're really serious, vpn first

Comment numbers show that wells and admissions are rural (Score 1) 132 132

The local numbers show that admissions did not increase during the period in which fracking was introduced, and that certain zip codes (rural areas) has higher admissions first, then later got wells. As wells were built, health improved - probably because it brought jobs, which improves the local economy.

A slow pup is a lazy dog. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"